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(2nd LD) Apink returns with new album undeterred by bomb threat

2017/06/26 17:43

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(ATTN: COMBINES with previous story sent under slug "girl group-bomb scare"; REWRITES headline, lead; UPDATES with details throughout)

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- K-pop girl group Apink on Monday returned to the spotlight with a batch of fresh new songs after nine months away, undeterred by a bomb scare that prompted police to heighten security at the group's media showcase.

"We did a lot of overseas publicity (during the hiatus). We wanted to see our home fans and are happy to finally meet them," member Bomi told reporters at the showcase held at the Shinhan FAN Square hall in western Seoul.

K-pop girl group Apink pose for the camera during a media showcase for its latest album "Pink Up" on June 26, 2017, at the Shinhan FAN Square hall in western Seoul. (Yonhap) K-pop girl group Apink pose for the camera during a media showcase for its latest album "Pink Up" on June 26, 2017, at the Shinhan FAN Square hall in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

The six-member band showcased songs from their sixth EP album "Pink Up." It holds seven songs, including the title song "Five," an up-lifting dance song produced by long-time collaborating production team Shinsadong Tiger.

"The song has a catchy melody. The lyrics are about counting from one to five for a break during the hectic lives people live out today," Naeun said.

The record also has Apink's trademark soft ballad numbers, including "Eyes," a sentimental track with a piano-heavy arrangement. Member Chorong is credited with writing the words.

"I'm sometimes inspired from trivial things. I want to write lyrics that many can relate to. Sometimes I'm inspired while watching a movie or a drama. Other times I get ideas while talking to fellow members," Chorong told reporters.

Despite the group's triumphant return, the elephant in the room though was an earlier bomb threat made by an anonymous caller to the group's office.

K-pop girl group Apink performs on stage at a media showcase for its latest album "Pink Up" on June 26, 2017, at the Shinhan FAN Square hall in western Seoul. (Yonhap) K-pop girl group Apink performs on stage at a media showcase for its latest album "Pink Up" on June 26, 2017, at the Shinhan FAN Square hall in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

Before the showcase, the police conducted a sweeping search of the venue after an unidentified man threatened to bomb the event. The supposed man had also called Plan A's office two days ago and threatened to shoot down the members with a firearm.

The company decided to go ahead with the event after having been reassured by law enforcement of the safety.

"We regret that we have to say hi to our fans through negative news. We were startled a lot, but I think we were able to find our stability through well wishes from fans," Bomi said.

According to the company, about 15 to 20 security guards and police officers were on standby at the venue in the case of an emergency.

Police officers are seen busy conducting a sweeping search at the Shinhan FAN Square hall on June 26, 2017, in western Seoul after an anonymous man threatened to bomb a media showcase event by K-pop girl group Apink. (Yonhap) Police officers are seen busy conducting a sweeping search at the Shinhan FAN Square hall on June 26, 2017, in western Seoul after an anonymous man threatened to bomb a media showcase event by K-pop girl group Apink. (Yonhap)

The caller, whose identity remains unknown, is believed to be the same person who made a phone call to the police on June 14, threatening to kill Apink members.

"We thank the police for their swift reaction. I hope things can be resolved well so that we can greet our fans with only good news. I hope the fans don't worry too much," Chorong said.

Having debuted in 2011 with their first EP album "Seven Springs of Apink," the group is best known for such hit songs as "Mr. Chu," "NoNoNo" and "LUV."

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